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广州黄大仙祠 Wong Tai Sin Temple

wh  10-11-21 23:02

The first time I went to Guangzhou and saw the hustling and bustling streets, I started to feel the quick tempo of this city all at once. I had thought there would be waves of people in the famous Wong Tai Sin Temple, but after I got there I found only a few people were around. It seemed that I was wise to choose a workday to visit here.

According to the introduction, Wong Tai Sin Temple was built in 1899. Since late Qing Dynasty and the early years of the Republic of China it had been a famous religious center, whose fame spread far and wide to Guangzhou and the Pearl River Delta, and extended even farther to the areas of Hong Kong and Macao. After restoration, Wong Tai Sin Temple has recovered its former magnificence and grandeur. The massive stone arches, the granite pillars and exquisite carvings on the arches become the clear proof of its profound history and exhibit its solemnity in a grand and impressive fashion.

At the entrance I saw many red ribbons which were left by the pilgrims when they worshipped the god Wong Tai Sin. People write down their blessings and wishes on the red ribbons and hope that Wong Tai Sin will make these come true.

Inside the temple there are three main halls in which three gods are enshrined respectively: the God Wong Tai Sin, the Goddess of Mercy, and Taoist god Lui Cho, which is very special characteristic of this temple because it has formed a syncretisation with Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. One can hardly believe that people of different religions can worship their disparate gods in the same place until he sees this here in the Wong Tai Sin Temple.

The buildings here are more miraculous than ordinary people can conceive. It is said that the plaques of the three main halls are carved with a kind of wood of 2,200 years ago, which comes from the world’s oldest trees living in the Han Dynasty. The dragon ball in the main temple hall weighs 1,000 kilograms; supported only by 12 main pillars, which has become an important breakthrough in modern architecture. This piece of terrain slants to the south by 10 degrees, so that the rainwater on the roof and the yard can flow directly from the mouth of the dragon head into the fishpond, and can be used to water flowers or to put out the fire in emergency. Knowing this, I can’t help lavishing praises on the wisdom of our ancestors from the bottom of my heart.





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